A flight attendant began sharing 'pick-me-up' notes with passengers to spread kindness. It works.

What would you think if you took your seat on an airplane and found a note like this taped to the window?

Maybe you'd think, "Sweet! Where are we going?!" Or if you're a little more introverted like me, "Ummm, I'm not sure I wanna go." Images from Seeker Stories.


Flight attendant Taylor Tippet, whose story is shared in this great Seeker Stories video, was the person behind the note. And she wrote it to be a "pick-me-up" for the person who found it.

She wanted them know that they were invited to have the best day ever.

Taylor Tippet is spreading positivity, 30,000 feet in the air.

The quote came from her favorite book, "How to Be an Explorer of the World." And once she got started with that first note, she didn't stop. Not even close.

Tippett began to leave all kinds of "Words From the Window Seat" notes on flights.

Notes with uplifting words, like these:


Soon enough, Words From the Window Seat was taking Instagram by storm ... because who doesn't love an inspiring note?

As Tippet explains in the video: "If I'm not encouraging and inspiring others, what am I doing with my life? What am I doing with my time here? For my voice to matter, and for other people to connect or feel loved or feel understood or heard, that is all that matters to me."

And she's definitely inspiring others. Now that #WordsFromTheWindowSeat is a hashtag on Instagram, other people are following in her footsteps and leaving words of positivity for strangers.

And she's finding ways to do it that make everyone feel welcomed: She learned that some folks could feel a little freaked out about seeing a note on a plane window, given the climate of flying these days. So, Tippet began taking a picture of the note to share online, then leaving the note in the safety card for the passenger to find later.

"There's nothing like meeting 300 plus people a day and knowing your smile and kindness matters," she says. And that's a great reminder for all of us to spread a little kindness when we can, too.

Listen to Tippet talk about what she's doing. Hats off to her for spreading more positivity in this life.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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